Special Degree Requirements
Study Plan: A study plan, that must be completed at the beginning of the program at the interview with the Program Coordinator, is required for all students in special education. This is expected to occur prior to registering for the first course. Once approved, changes in the study plan require the permission of the advisor and the Program Coordinator.
Admission to Candidacy: Admission to Candidacy occurs when the student has completed a minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. Students must have completed the three Professional Core courses (EDUC 603, EDUC 606, and EDUC 640) as part of this admission process. Six credits within the Special Education Core must have also been completed. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required as well as the approval of the advisor and two other faculty members who have taught the student. Transfer courses are not counted toward the 15-18 credits unless they are accepted as equivalent courses and then the grades are not calculated in the GPA. The advisor and the Program Coordinator have the right to require that a student remediate deficiencies even if that requires extra courses, or require that a student be disenrolled from the program based on the student's aptitude and professional growth and potential. If disenrolled, the student has the right to appeal to the Educational Professions Graduate Leadership Team. If the appeal is denied, the student may reapply to the program after one year.
Special Education Coordinator: Dr. Oma Gail Simmons / Phone: 301-687-4432